Monday 21st December 2015
Santiago Concert

Saturday's flight over the Andes on the approach to Santiago, Chile, is a majestic sight to behold. Once in the city, the landscape continues to inspire, with snowcapped peaks seeming to peep out from behind the city's modern skyline. The drama of this Chilean modern metropolis has added to the air of excitement and anticipation for David's final concert in South America: one national newspaper described the concert as the most eagerly anticipated of the year.

The Estadio Nacional, the concert venue, is Chile's Wembley Stadium, and is well used to staging major sporting and music events. The 47,0000 fans roared their welcome as David and the band took to the stage. Money took a different turn yesterday evening as David unexpectedly called on Guy to play a bass solo, which he did with aplomb. He then told the audience, "I'm going to whistle for you now" and In Any Tongue began. During the band introductions Phil, aka, El Magnifico, said a few words in Spanish to the audience ... "Vival Chile, Viva Los Chilenos", which drew an enthusiastic response.

During this tour, David's virtuoso guitar playing, brilliantly supported by Phil, Guy, Jon, Stevie, Kevin, João, Lucita and Bryan, has been lauded by fans and media. But special mention must go to the incredibly hard working and professional crew, led by Roger Searle, who make these concerts happen. Throughout the Rattle That Lock tour, the sound and lighting have been raved about: Colin Norfield makes the band sound great, night after night, wrestling the different challenges that each venue presents; and Marc Brickman is the lighting magician, who conjures his visual spells and creates a light show rarely equalled.

As David and the band left the stadium, with the crowd's cheering still ringing in their ears, David reflected:

"I'm glad I've finally played in South America; it took me 50 years, but perhaps I've appreciated it more at this period of my life. I'll be taking home many happy memories. Obrigado and gracias".

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Saturday 19th December 2015
Buenos Aires Concert

Clarin, one of Argentina's national newspapers, declared of David's first ever concert in Argentina, 'La Visita que faltaba', the visit that was needed. And the 'visit' duly took place for 70,000 excited fans at the Hipódromo de San Isidro, the local racecourse, 15 minutes from the centre of Buenos Aires.

However, as David and the band discovered, the journey time became nearly two hours, thanks to a combination of thousands of cars heading to the concert and others leaving BA for the Christmas holidays. Traffic ground to a standstill and the hapless two police outriders were helpless in the face of overwhelming odds. It was a relief to finally arrive at the venue but the concert had to be delayed for half an hour to allow the fans to catch up. Once inside the venue it was apparent that Buenos Aires (good winds) was living up to its name with a wind swirling across the audience creating an uncharacteristic chilly December evening. Luckily the huge crowd, the biggest by far of the tour, seemed to draw warmth from the music and in turn responded with enthusiasm and passionate singing.

The crowd had waited many years to hear the voice and guitar of Pink Floyd and roared their approval to hear the classics, they also gave a warm reception to the new songs from Rattle That Lock.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Thursday 17th December 2015
Porto Alegre Concert

Porto Alegre is the southernmost capital of Brazil, and last night's concert venue is one of the city's jewels, the Arena do Grêmio built in 2012, home to the Grêmio football team. The 40,000 crowd greeted the band with a deafening roar and the stadium sparkled with the lights from thousands of mobile phones. The set list was the same as Curitiba, which meant a reprise of the ever popular Coming Back To Life. Last night The Blue from David's previous No. 1 album, On An Island, shimmered and In Any Tongue, from Rattle That Lock, had the crowd transfixed by Danny Madden's war animation. The stadium 'choir' sang the Pink Floyd classics, culminating in the finale, Comfortably Numb.

David thanked the audience for being so great and it was time to bid Brazil farewell and to reflect on David's first ever concerts in the country. There are so many highlights from the four concerts but the warmth and the passion of the Brazilian audiences, as well as their singing and chanting, will live long in the memory.

P.S. Special mention must go to Fabiano and his family for the balloons and RUN banners of Curitiba.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Tuesday 15th December 2015
Curitiba Concert

Last night's concert venue in Curitiba was an old limestone quarry, with 30-metre rock walls and a tree-lined perimeter. All 25,000 fans were standing and, like in São Paulo, chanted and sang throughout the two-hour set. It was an extra special evening for two members of David's team: for João Mello, the young saxophonist, who was playing in front of his home crowd; and for Phil Taylor, David's guitar tech for over 40 years, celebrating his birthday. David called Phil onto the stage and the whole audience sang 'Happy Birthday', or the Portuguese equivalent. João spoke briefly to the audience and they applauded their 'own'.

There was a new song added to the set-list, the hugely popular Coming Back To Life, which On An Island made way for. The release of the scarves in High Hopes has received a huge cheer here in Brazil, which hasn't been the case previously.

And the crowd had two surprises in store for David and the band: during The Girl in the Yellow Dress a cloud of coloured balloons was released which wafted across the audience, seemingly in time to the music; and for Run Like Hell, the final song of the set, before the encore, a group of fans in the front row held up handpainted posters each with 'RUN' on them. For the final few songs the rain poured and there were flashes of lightning, but no-one cared, and the concert ended with a moving Comfortably Numb. As David said: "You've been a fantastic audience".

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

Photo: Gavin Elder.




Monday 14th December 2015
Damian Barr's Literary Salon

RoofTop 5, in the Pinheiros district of São Paulo, was yesterday's venue for Damian Barr's Literary Salon with Polly Samson; the Brazilian edition of her book, Um ato de bondade, was published here last week.

When Polly and Damian arrived at the 27-storey cultural centre, the building was suffering a power cut and they were nervously ushered into the emergency lift. Thankfully, five minutes later the power came back on and all concerned with organising Damian's first literary salon in South America breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Damian both surprised and delighted the capacity audience by donning a tweed kilt and matching Highland jacket, a brave choice given the heat. Polly read two extracts from her book, The Kindness, and Paula the translator did a great job of reading the Portuguese version.

And then it was time to introduce the 'special guest', "he is the man who sings the lyrics that Polly writes", and then enters David stage right to a delighted and rather non-plussed audience. Damian asked David and Polly about their songwriting partnership and how the process works; David played some bars from early versions of Rattle That Lock and A Boat Lies Waiting to illustrate how the two of them create and shape the songs. After questions from the floor there was a lengthy book signing, and then back to the hotel to prepare for an early departure to Curitiba, the next concert on this South American trek.

Listen to the podcast here.




Sunday 13th December 2015
Second São Paulo Concert

When lighting genius Marc Brickman says of last night's concert "that was David's best concert ever" you know that something very special took place. The atmosphere in the stadium was crackling with anticipation as the 45,000 chanted "David Gilmour", led by the 'standing room' only fans on the pitch. The afternoon thunderstorms had cleared and everyone was ready to enjoy a concert that they had waited many years to witness. The sea of iPhone lights twinkled around the stadium as the band began the opening 5 A.M. Between songs the chanting would start up and, at one point, just before A Boat Lies Waiting David had to gently ask for some quiet.

Money, Fat Old Sun and Comfortably Numb have rarely been played better, the extended improvised soloing saw David's playing scale the heights, supported superbly by the band, who all seemed to be inspired by the wonderful audience. David told them: "How beautifully you are singing".

As the band leave São Paulo for the next leg of the tour, they will take with them great memories of both concerts, not least the powerful sound of over 45,000 voices accompanying them.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Saturday 12th December 2015
São Paulo Concert

For the first concert of this South American tour, the evening was perfect, a warm Brazilian night with a capacity audience of 40,000: the excitement was palpable. And then a huge roar, which signaled the arrival of David and the band to the stage, with one newcomer, Lucita Jules, singing backup vocals with Bryan Chambers. The roar then became a chant, "Olé, Olé, Olé, Gilmour, Gilmour", which was then repeated throughout the concert.

The band were on great form, taking up where they left off in London, but this time with a 'choir' of 40,000 joining in and singing along to the Pink Floyd favourites. When it came to David introducing the band, the biggest ovation, quite rightly, went to Brazilian João Mello, Run Like Hell brought the seated crowd on the pitch to their feet, and there they stayed until the soaring finale of Comfortably Numb.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Friday 11th December 2015
South American Tour: São Paulo, Brazil

The David Gilmour touring party arrived in São Paulo yesterday, and the first item on the agenda was a press conference at the venue, Allianz Parque, a football stadium with a capacity of nearly 42,000. São Paulo rush-hour traffic can be challenging, but the tour party had their way cleared, literally, by a troupe of eight police outriders, whose choreography was both impressive and effective.

Once at the venue, which is in the heart of the city, David, Polly, Phil Manzanera and João Mello were whisked off for the press conference, involving over 80 journalists from all media platforms and from the three touring countries: Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Subjects ranged from David and Polly's writing collaboration to Phil's first meeting with David and how local hero João Mello felt about playing with David Gilmour. Then it was time for the band to rehearse in the impressive green and white stadium, picking up where they left off in the Royal Albert Hall on 3rd October. Today will be David's first ever concert in South America.




Wednesday 2nd December 2015
Return to the Royal Albert Hall – 4 Shows in Sept 2016

After the resounding success of this year's concerts at the Albert Hall, David has announced that he will return there to play four more concerts in September 2016. Tickets for the dates, on September 25, 28, 29 and 30, will be on sale from 10.00am UK time on Friday 4th December. Prices are the same as before, and there is a ticket purchase limit of four per person, per household, which will apply across all four shows.

As previously, the ticket holder's name will be printed on the ticket, and photo ID checks in place to confirm customer identity, to minimise the re-sale of tickets on the secondary market.

Tickets for all shows will be available from the Royal Albert Hall Box Office, seetickets.com, ticketmaster.co.uk, and stargreen.com.




Monday 30th November 2015
Final North American Concert at Radio City Music Hall, NY

Due to demand, David has confirmed a third and final New York performance for Sunday 10th April 2016 at Radio City Music Hall, following the immediate sellout of two New York concert dates at Madison Square Garden.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 3rd December at 10.00am (EST) at Ticketmaster.com. Purchasers can charge by phone in the US on 1-800-745-3000 and from select Ticketmaster outlets, with a limit of two tickets per customer. If tickets remain, they will be available at the Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Beacon Theatre box offices beginning Friday 4th December. Every ticket purchased online will include a CD of David's Rattle That Lock album. NB: It is essential to click the redeem/claim CD button on the Ticketmaster Website to activate delivery.

David last performed at Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday 4th April 2006 as part of the On An Island tour. The performance made spectacular use of the venue's original special effects mechanisms, which can produce rain, fog and clouds through a system that draws steam directly from a Con Edison generating plant nearby.




Monday 9th November 2015
BBC TV Wider Horizons documentary airs on Saturday 14th November

BBC producer/presenter Alan Yentob has been working on a David Gilmour documentary for some now, and it is due to air on BBC Two in the UK on Saturday 14th November at 9.45pm.

Entitled David Gilmour: Wider Horizons, it is billed as 'an intimate portrait of one of the greatest guitarists and singers of all time'. The 72-minute film covers much of David's personal and profession life, and features some of his collaborators, in particular Polly Samson and Phil Manzanera, who help to shed light on the creative process, including how some of the songs on Rattle That Lock were crafted.

It is essential viewing for anyone interested in David's career and music, but, should you miss it, it will be available on the BBC iPlayer after transmission. Click here for more information.

A trailer, focussing on David's early musical learning process, can be seen below.






Monday 2nd November 2015
Vote for Rattle That Lock

A diverse shortlist has been announced of the 50 record covers, including Rattle That Lock, that have been nominated for 'Best Art Vinyl 2015' in Art Vinyl's annual search for the most creative and well-designed record cover of the year, joining an archive of designs from the past ten years.

You can cast your vote here. The winner will be announced on Thursday 7th January 2016 at the Belgrave Hotel in London.




Sunday 18th October 2015
David, Polly and the Banned

Tonight saw the staging of a concert to celebrate ten years of the Belarus Free Theatre, an artistic voice in a world where free speech and art is being suppressed: 'I'm With The Banned'. Performing at London's Koko were a selection of artists whose stance has brought them to the attention of the authorities, including Brutto, Boombox, and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot.

The show, which was streamed live by BBC Arts, also included cameo appearances by actors Jeremy Irons, Juliet Stevenson and Kim Cattrall, as well as comedian Miles Jupp.

David appeared with a bespoke lineup of musicians, including four members of Boombox, Jon Carin, Bryan Chambers and, on Rattle That Lock, an all-star backing choir of Polly Samson, family and friends. Other songs performed were Astronomy Domine, In Any Tongue, and a heartfelt Wish You Were Here, with Rattle That Lock as the triumphant closer.

For more information on Belarus Free Theatre, go to belarusfreetheatre.com.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Wednesday 7th October 2015
David and Polly on US NPR

David and Polly can be seen in discussion with NPR's Jonathan Dick on The Record, part of the NPR Website, from 10am East Coast time today. The site will also feature the promotional film for The Girl In The Yellow Dress, with animation by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Danny Madden. Danny is profiled in a special documentary directed by Aubrey Powell, available in the Deluxe box version of the Rattle That Lock album, which also includes the animated film. Click here to link to NPR.




Saturday 3rd October 2015
Albert Hall No. 5 – Paradise Last

Tonight was an evening of joy tinged with regret, since it was the last show of David's UK & Europe tour, before David and his stellar band have a break prior to their South American dates. Should anyone require a recap, the musicians adding their talents to David's vocals, guitar, and lap steel are Phil Manzanera (guitar, vocals), Jon Carin (keyboards, guitar, lap steel, vocals), Guy Pratt (bass, double bass, vocals), Steve DiStanislao (drums, percussion, vocals), Kevin McAlea (keyboards, accordion), Louise Marshall & Bryan Chambers (backing vocals, percussion) and João Mello (saxophone, guitar, from London onwards). Theo Travis played saxophone on the tour dates preceding London.

Of a show packed with highlights, space precludes listing them all, but perhaps mention can be made of Jon's versatility on a multitude of instruments as well as vocals, Kevin's atmospheric organ intro to Us And Them and jazz piano on The Girl In The Yellow Dress, alongside Guy's swinging double bass, an instrument he took up specifically to play the song. Mention must be made of lyricist Polly Samson, whose words provide the emotional core of all but two of the songs from Rattle That Lock. To name but one, the explosive live power that is In Any Tongue starts with the lyric, and that, allied to David's impassioned vocal and guitar, the musical arrangement and the overwhelming audio and visual experience, is only one of the many reasons why this is a very special show.

Tonight's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Friday 2nd October 2015
The Albert Hall No. 4 – A Day In The Light

Now we know how many lights it takes to fill the Albert Hall – a great many, and all great. David and band returned to London's most atmospheric venue tonight, ready to give their all to the penultimate show on this leg. The audience responded to their energy with rousing support during the show, in which, as stated in the UK's Independent newspaper 'the peerless production values and breath-taking laser show of the finale matched the majesty of the music'.

Tonight's show marked the return of Coming Back To Life to the set which included...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

If you weren't at the show you can still see David and the band appear on BBC TV's 'Later... with Jools Holland' at 11.30pm tonight on BBC Two and BBC Two HD in the UK. David plays Rattle That Lock, The Girl In The Yellow Dress and Today, and the show can be viewed online live or up to four weeks later in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Thursday 1st October 2015
David Appears on 'Later... with Jools Holland' Friday 2nd October at 11.30pm

David and his great live band appeared on the live 30-minute broadcast of BBC TV's Later... with Jools Holland on Tuesday night, but can also be seen on the longer one-hour edition, which is broadcast tomorrow, Friday 2nd October, at 11.30pm on BBC Two and BBC Two HD in the UK. David opens and closes the show with rocking versions of Rattle That Lock and Today respectively, but also not to be missed is a swinging version of The Girl In The Yellow Dress with Guy Pratt on double bass, Jools at the piano and a mellifluous João Mello on sax.

Also appearing on the show are The Weeknd, The Libertines, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and Ukrainian quartet DakhaBraka. Tuesday's show can be viewed in the UK here.




Thursday 1st October 2015
Album Chart Update

More International countries have published their charts, so we can confirm that the Rattle That Lock album has now topped the album chart in 11 countries, as well as reaching No. 1 in the iTunes charts of 16 countries. The latest list includes: #1 in the UK, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, Turkey, and New Zealand; #2: Germany, Australia, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland, Croatia, Austria, Canada; #3: Finland; #4: Japan; and #5: the USA, and Greece.

The album also peaked at #1 in the iTunes charts of Chile, Italy, Bulgaria, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Egypt, Bolivia, Luxembourg, Argentina, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, and Slovakia.




Wednesday 30th September 2015
David Doubles MOAS Giving – to £35,000



A wave of incredible generosity raised the final total of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) appeal to an amazing £17,478, which David has pledged to double, creating a final contribution of £35,000 (c. $53,000).

Many thanks all the donors who gave selflessly to the campaign to save lives in the Mediterranean. The sum will keep the MOAS craft operational for more than six days, helping them to save more refugees in peril. To learn more about their work, click here.




Monday 28th September 2015
Album Chart Update

More International chart debuts have arrived, so we can confirm that the Rattle That Lock album is No. 1 in 9 countries, contributing to its Top 5 position in 16 countries. The list includes: No. 1 in the UK, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, New Zealand, and Turkey. It is at No. 2 in Ireland, Holland, Australia, Germany, and Canada, No. 3 in Finland and No. 5 in the USA. More album chart positions will be advised soon.




Sunday 27th September 2015
Album Chart Toppers – A Magnificent 7

The first International album charts have started to come in, and we can reveal that, in addition to topping the UK Album chart, Rattle That Lock has debuted at Number One in a further six countries with more to come. The album is now Number One in the UK and Italy (following On An Island's chart-topping performance in both countries), France, Sweden, Norway, Belgium – in all three region charts – and New Zealand. At least another two are expected, so keep checking here for details; there should be another longer list here after Wednesday of this week.

Congratulations again to a great team for a great result.




Friday 25th September 2015
Albert No. 3 (Album No. 1)

It would be hard not to feel good when your new album has just entered the chart at Number One, and it was in that context that David and band hit the stage for a sensational third night at London's most prestigious venue. A wave of audience enthusiasm took everything up a notch, and the musicians gave it their all to a tremendous reaction throughout. Among a parade of special moments were the appearance of Gabriel Gilmour on piano for In Any Tongue, Guy and Steve's co-ordinated break in Sorrow and David's emotive and impassioned solos on High Hopes and Comfortably Numb, but the strength of the ensemble throughout meant that this was simply a fantastic show, without question.

Everyone can now take a short break before the final two London shows in a week's time.

The full setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Friday 25th September 2015
Comfortably One – Rattle That Lock UK No. 1

It's official – Rattle That Lock beat Lana Del Ray's Honeymoon by a considerable margin to enter the UK album chart at No. 1 today. Seen left with album co-producer Phil Manzanera, David said: "It's thrilling to get a No. 1 album. We all want to hit the top spot, however long we've been at it; I'm delighted. I owe a debt of thanks to Polly Samson, for writing lyrics on four Number 1 albums: The Division Bell; On An Island; The Endless River; and now Rattle That Lock, and also to Phil Manzanera, my co-producer on the last three albums".

More chart positions around the globe will be posted in due course, but in the meantime it only remains to congratulate David, Polly and Phil, plus all the musicians and the team of engineers, designers, photographers and filmmakers whose contributions made Rattle That Lock such a successful and satisfying entity, as well as all at Sony Music for their sterling efforts.

Photo: Chiaki Nozu.




Thursday 24th September 2015
Royal Albert Hall – Second Wind

In spite of its opulent grandeur, the Royal Albert Hall's circular layout can raise some issues for the sound, lighting and staging team but, as you would expect, David's touring party is so expert and the production so well organised that even the massive 'Mr Screen' feels at home in the space, and all part of an integrated whole.

Tonight's show built on yesterday's astounding presentation, with a relaxed band and an even more enthusiastic crowd, and as The Daily Telegraph said of last night's show, 'it was hard to imagine a better blend of atmosphere, visuals and sound'. A twist for tonight was saxophonist João Mello contributing acoustic guitar to In Any Tongue, which marked his live debut on guitar, not only with David, but on any stage, anywhere.

The full setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Thursday 24th September 2015
More on MOAS – Target Smashed

David has given us a statement about the MOAS fundraising so far:

"What an incredible week it's been. Thank you everyone who has given to the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS). Your donations, large and small, will make all the difference. We initially began with the aim of raising £5,300. This would have been enough to fund MOAS's refugee-saving mission in the Mediterranean for a day. So far you have raised £17,018 – more than three times that amount! Can we keep going? It would cost £21,200 to fund MOAS for four days".

David has promised that if we reach this target, he will personally fund another four days, meaning that together we will have raised enough to keep MOAS at sea for eight days! On an average day the Migrant Offshore Aid Station saves 30 lives.

More from David here.




Wednesday 23rd September 2015
London, UK – Victorious Albert

There is always something special about playing London's Royal Albert Hall, and David's fans will remember the 2006 shows as particularly special, given the presence then of Richard Wright. A Boat Lies Waiting was therefore a poignant moment tonight, especially since there came the surprise appearance of David Crosby and Graham Nash, who of course sang on the recorded version. In a reprise of their 2006 guesting, they also added their peerless harmonies to On An Island as well as taking the lead on the verses of Comfortably Numb.

Another addition to tonight's show was the assured debut of saxophonist João Mello, who will be taking over the reeds role from now on. His deservedly warm reception was, however, as nothing compared to the rapturous reception of the return of lasers to the live show: as mesmerising as ever, and monumentally exciting. Live shows just don't get any better than this. The superlative production, light and sound really came into its own within the regal space of the Royal Albert Hall, in some places reducing the hugely enthusiastic audience to silence, and in other places to tears.

The full list was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Sunday 20th September 2015
David and Polly in the News

Anthony Mason from US TV's CBS morning news made a special trip to the UK to interview David and Polly, and the resulting piece was broadcast yesterday morning as Another Side of David Gilmour. Click here to see David and Polly talk in depth about their creative partnership, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Pink Floyd, the Rattle That Lock album and more, punctuated by clips from the studio recordings and the new live tour.




Saturday 19th September 2015
Oberhausen, Germany – Indoor Fireworks

Theatrical amphitheatres are a bit thin on the ground in today's Germany, so tonight's show, the last in Continental Europe for 2015, took place in the considerably more modern König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen. The indoor arena was at least able to offer shelter for music lovers from inclement weather, and, most importantly, was able to showcase the production's incredible circular screen, with its constantly changing animations and moving lights.

The setlist remained as it has been recently, which is to say it included seven songs from the new album Rattle That Lock, released only yesterday, to much acclaim. This has allowed the audience to become more familiar with the new material, which was given a rousing welcome, most especially A Boat Lies Waiting. In addition, The Blue, from 2006's On An Island, was extremely well received.

The full list was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Friday 18th September 2015
Rattle That Lock – Available Now

It's here! David's fourth solo album Rattle That Lock is released today worldwide.

Click here for all details.




Thursday 17th September 2015
David's Fans Rise to MOAS Challenge

Only yesterday, David set a challenge to his fans, and anyone interested in saving lives: if they could raise the sum of £5,300 (the cost of a single day's operation of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station), he would match that sum himself. 24 hours later, we are on course to meet the target, thanks to the incredible generosity of David's fans. After features ran on the David Gilmour Blog, this News page and David's Facebook page, at time of writing (late Thursday night), the amount raised was £4,827.65, so it's very likely that the £5,300 target will be reached.

But let's not stop there. The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) has rescued over 11,000 refugees from the Mediterranean in the last year alone. Operating from Malta, they use advanced drone technology to spot boats in distress and dispatch their ship, the Phoenix, to provide life-saving assistance. As David has said: "Please give what you can here. Together we can save lives".

Learn more about MOAS's work here.

Follow the wider campaign here.




Thursday 17th September 2015
Orange, France – Places Of Stone

Tonight was a return to one more of the places created by the Romans from stone, and thankfully still standing today, when David's tour arrived in Orange, in the South of France. The Théâtre Antique d'Orange ("Ancient Theatre of Orange") was built early in the 1st century AD, and is one of a few Roman theatres which still retains the Scaenae frons, its rear wall. This did mean that the circular projection screen for this tour had to be retired for the night, forcing the lighting design to be adapted just for this one show by the lighting team, but the show lost none of its power as a result.

A collaboration between Sony Music France and France's national railway, the SNCF, led to a specially-chartered train being run from Paris to Avignon, close to Orange, and the lucky contest winners carried on the train were able to witness the band's soundcheck, in addition to being able to attend the sold-out show. Once again the production was lucky with the weather – the rain that fell during the morning dampened the arena briefly but didn't affect the show, which was as spectacular as ever.

Two songs from the Rattle That Lock album grabbed the audience's attention in particular tonight: the powerful In Any Tongue and, as one might imagine, given its inclusion of the famous SNCF 4-note jingle, the title track, Rattle That Lock.

The full list was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Wednesday 16th September 2015
David's Humanitarian Challenge



David gave us this statement today:

"I am currently touring Europe – a beautiful continent, populated by incredibly kind and friendly people. For me and, probably, for you too, travelling to this part of the world is as easy as booking a flight or jumping on a bus.

But, as we have all been reading in the news, it's not that way for everyone. So far this year over 2,300 refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean trying to find a better life in Europe. Confronted with all of these horrifying images – such as that of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, whose drowned body was found washed up on a Turkish beach – it's easy to feel depressed and powerless. But there is something we can do to help.

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) has rescued over 11,000 refugees from the Mediterranean in the last year alone. Operating from Malta, they use advanced drone technology to spot boats in distress and dispatch their ship, the Phoenix, to provide life-saving assistance.

Today I would like to give you a challenge. The Migrant Offshore Aid Station costs approximately £5300 per day to run. If you can raise enough to keep it running for one day I will match your donations by funding another day myself. If we raise more than the target that's no bad thing either!

Please give what you can here. Together we can save lives."

Learn more about MOAS's work here.

Follow the wider campaign here.




Tuesday 15th September 2015
Florence, Italy

Tonight saw a change of style in venue, in that amphitheatres were exchanged for a custom-built venue, inhabiting a portion of a racetrack. The forecast was for thunder, but in the end it was another balmy night for the show in Florence and any thunder in the air was in fact the rapturous applause for another great show. In the first set, In Any Tongue was particularly well received, while the second set saw its first new addition: Coming Back To Life.

The full set was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life, On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell. The encores were again Time/Breathe (reprise) and Comfortably Numb.

Full marks to Lighting Operator Dietrich Juengling who, working alongside Lighting/Production Director Marc Brickman, has the challenging job of making sure that every single lighting effect happens in time and on cue, to create the visual extravaganza that is the Rattle That Lock Tour.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Monday 14th September 2015
Verona, Italy – Electric Storm

Today's second outdoor show saw a vibrant crowd go wild in Verona's famous Roman amphitheatre, the Arena, in the city's largest piazza, the Piazza Bra. Completed around 30 AD, it is the third largest in Italy after Rome's Colosseum and the arena at Capua, although the current two-storey façade is actually the internal support for the tiers; only a fragment of the original outer perimeter wall remains. Even so, it could barely contain the marshalled excitement of David's Italian fans as they greeted every number with unrestrained enthusiasm.

The threatened thunder and lightning failed to materialise, but was replaced by the electric atmosphere of a supercharged crowd, who reacted to numbers both old and new with equal enthusiasm, A Boat Lies Waiting perhaps being worthy of particular mention.

The full list was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell. The encores were again Time/Breathe (reprise) and Comfortably Numb.

After today's triumphant show, the tour team have to break everything down and reassemble the huge stage down the road in a completely different type of venue in Florence, so please spare a thought for unflappable Production Manager Roger Searle, for whom these shows are the culmination of many months of meticulous planning.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Saturday 12th September 2015
Pula, Croatia – The First Amphitheatre Show

Today's outdoor show, the first 'official' date in the Rattle That Lock 2015/16 tour, brought David's incredible production to the folk of Pula, Croatia, with David and his band performing within one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in Europe. Similar to the set unveiled in Brighton last week, songs from the new Rattle That Lock album included: 5am; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; A Boat Lies Waiting; In Any Tongue; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; and Today.

The full list was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Sorrow got a particularly wild response from the crowd, who delayed the start of the encores of Time/Breathe (reprise) and Comfortably Numb with their ecstatic reaction to the close of the second set.

Following last week's triumphant indoor show, further credit must be given to Sound Engineer Colin Norfield and his team for balancing all the various sonic elements to great effect tonight in such a different setting.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Thursday 10th September 2015
David on BBC Radio 4

David appeared on Radio 4's Front Row programme this evening, talking about his new album, Rattle That Lock, and collaborating with his wife, the novelist and lyricist Polly Samson.

To listen to the programme, click here (UK only).




Thursday 10th September 2015
David to Release Extra Seats for Hollywood Bowl Shows

After determining production requirements for David's 2016 North American Tour, there will be extra seats released for both Hollywood Bowl concerts. The shows scheduled for March 24th and 25th 2016 are both currently sold out.

The extra tickets across both dates will be opened for sale on Saturday 12th September at 10.00am. Ticket buyers will be among the first to receive the new album, as every ticket purchased online will include a redemption for a Rattle That Lock CD.

To access tickets:

March 24th – click here;
March 25th – click here.




Wednesday 9th September 2015
South American Tour Tickets – Important Update

On sale times and/or dates have been changed for the shows in São Paulo, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, as shown below.

Tickets go on sale on September 10th 2015 (at times below) for the shows, all in December 2015:

12th, Brazil – São Paulo, Allianz Parque.
On sale: 22:00 BRT. Website: www.ingressorapido.com.br
14th, Brazil – Curitiba, Pedreira Paulo Leminski.
On sale: 00:01 BRT. Website: www.blueticket.com.br
16th, Brazil – Porto Alegre, Arena do Grêmio.
On sale: 00:01 BRT. Website www.blueticket.com.br
20th, Chile – Santiago, Estadio Nacional.
On sale: 11:00 CRT. Website: www.puntoticket.com

Tickets will go on sale on September 17th 2015 (at the time below) for the show in December 2015:

18th, Argentina – Buenos Aires, Hipodromo de San Isidro.
On sale: 00:00 ART. Website: www.fullticket.com




Saturday 5th September 2015
David's Preview Show – Lost For Words

David's preview show for the Rattle That Lock tour at the Brighton Centre contained some surprises, some familiar old friends and all superlative quality from start to finish.

For the sake of those who are yet to experience it, it probably is enough just to list the songs played...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond; Fat Old Sun; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores were: Time/Breathe (reprise); and Comfortably Numb.

Playing alongside David, who excelled on Black Strat, acoustic guitar, lap steel and vocals, were, as previously announced, Phil Manzanera, Guy Pratt, Jon Carin, and Steve DiStanislao, joined on this tour for the first time by Kevin McAlea (keyboards), Louise Marshall, and Bryan Chambers (backing vocals), and Theo Travis (sax).

The sensational band were equalled only by the creations of Production / Lighting Director Marc Brickman. Suffice to say that the screens, films and imaginative use of colour and staging made this a concert by which others should be judged.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Thursday 3rd September 2015
David Announces First Ever South American Tour

David has announced his first ever touring trip to South America, playing Brazil, Argentina, and Chile in support of Rattle That Lock. Tickets go on sale on September 10th 2015 (at times below) for the shows, all in December 2015:

12th, Brazil – São Paulo, Allianz Parque.
On sale: 00:01 BRT. Website: www.ingressorapido.com.br
14th, Brazil – Curitiba, Pedreira Paulo Leminski.
On sale: 00:01 BRT. Website: www.blueticket.com.br
16th, Brazil – Porto Alegre, Arena do Grêmio.
On sale: 00:01 BRT. Website www.blueticket.com.br
18th, Argentina – Buenos Aires, Hipodromo de San Isidro.
On sale: 00:01 ART. Website: www.fullticket.com
20th, Chile – Santiago, Estadio Nacional.
On sale: 11:00 CRT. Website: www.puntoticket.com

David has also announced the touring band that will accompany him on his 2015/16 tour, as previously reported, which will include: Phil Manzanera – guitar; Guy Pratt – bass; Jon Carin – keyboards; Steve DiStanislao – drums, percussion; Kevin McAlea – keyboards; Theo Travis – saxes, clarinet; Bryan Chambers and Louise Clare Marshall – backing vocals. João Mello will replace Theo Travis on saxophone for the London Royal Albert Hall and South American dates. Lucita Jules will replace Louise Clare Marshall on the South American tour.




Thursday 20th August 2015
Extra UK Tickets Available Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, at 10am UK time, a limited number of extra seats will be released for David's Brighton Centre preview show on Saturday 5th September, as well as for each concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, on September 23rd, 24th and 25th, and October 2nd and 3rd.

For Brighton tickets, call the box office on 0844 8471515, or click here. For the London tickets, click here.

There are also a few tickets remaining for David's show at The Forum in Los Angeles; click here for tickets.

A reminder: tickets for David's third and final show in Chicago, at the Auditorium Theatre on Wednesday 6th April 2016, go on sale tomorrow at 10am CDT. They will be available online here, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone. Tickets purchased online each include a code redeemable for a CD of Rattle That Lock.




Tuesday 18th August 2015
Third Chicago Date – 6th April at the Auditorium Theatre

David has added a third live date in Chicago – on Wednesday 6th April 2016 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605.

The new date will be a rare performance at the venue that David last played with Pink Floyd back on 28th April 1972.

Tickets will be available from 10am CDT on Friday 21st August 2015 from this link.

Every ticket purchased online in North America will include a copy of the new Rattle That Lock album, via an online redemption link. Terms & Conditions apply. Please see the Live Dates page for all confirmed live dates, 2015/2016.




Thursday 6th August 2015
David and Polly Announced as Liberty Choir Founding Supporters

Following their performance on the title track of Rattle That Lock, the Liberty Choir has announced that David Gilmour and Polly Samson have become founding supporters. The choir has just relaunched their Website at the following link here.

Launched at London's Wandsworth Prison in April 2014, the Liberty Choirs programme is a unique, community interest company and choir singing opportunity. Created by MJ Paranzino and Ginny Dougary, it brings singers into prisons to join inmates as a choir, and provides ex-offenders the opportunity to join the choir and be part of a community upon their release. The programme follows through when the ex-offenders are released, with former prisoners joining community choirs, where they would recognise familiar faces and friends and re-integrate.

On Tuesday 4th August, David and Polly visited Wandsworth Prison and sang with the Liberty Choir. David said: "The guys from the prison are lightened by this beautiful thing that they're doing and they're taking part in this action with no stigma. They're just part of the community in that room and they are with someone who is as inspirational as MJ guiding them – and impressing on them that there is no success and no failure here – you do your best and enjoy it". Polly said: "The great thing was the milling around before and realising that on the whole there is no difference between people on the inside and people on the outside, it's just luck and circumstance. That was very clear today".

For more information and quotes, as well as more details on the choir's Major Founding Supporters, please see the Press Release from LD Communications.




Tuesday 4th August 2015
3rd LA Date – 27th March at The Forum

David has added a third live date in Los Angeles – on Sunday 27th March 2016 at The Forum, 3900 West Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA 90305.

Tickets will be available from 10am PST on Friday 7th August 2015 from this link.

Tickets can also be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, The Forum box office, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 (toll-free only inside the US). Every ticket purchased online in North America will include a copy of the new Rattle That Lock album, via an online redemption link. Terms & Conditions apply. Please see the Live Dates page for all confirmed live dates, 2015/2016.




Friday 31st July 2015
Rattle That Lock – by Alasdair and Jock

Now available to view above is the animated video for Rattle That Lock, created by Alasdair and Jock from Trunk Animation, the London-based production house, under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. The hand-drawn animation depicts various facets from John Milton's Paradise Lost, from which Rattle That Lock lyricist Polly Samson drew her inspiration. The poem itself encompasses twelve books, concerning the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Trunk directors Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney, alongside producer Richard Barnett, assembled a team of 12 animators, artists and compositors, who worked continuously over three months to bring the narrative and many technical elements together. The team developed the narrative and took its main inspiration from the first three books of Paradise Lost, but also drew on details from across all twelve volumes. The film follows the fall of Satan from the kingdom of Heaven and his subsequent journey through Pandemonium, Purgatory and Chaos on his way to corrupt the virgin Earth.




Sunday 26th July 2015
New UK 'Preview Show' with Pre-sale NOW

In advance of David's 2015 tour dates, he has added one special 'PREVIEW SHOW' – at the BRIGHTON CENTRE on SATURDAY 5th SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available NOW: click here for limited pre-sale to this show, which will act as a precursor to the European 'Live 2015' tour, starting in Pula, Croatia. The venue is the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2GR. General sale commences at 10am tomorrow, 27 July.

The Box Office phone number is +44 (0)844 8471515, while the Website is at brightoncentre.co.uk.

There are some restrictions: no persons under 5 years old will be admitted; under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are limited to 4 per person, per household, and the ticketholder's name will be printed on the ticket. Photo ID checks will be in place on arrival to confirm customer identity, in order to limit re-sale of tickets on the secondary market. Please check the venue's Website for other Terms & Conditions.




Tuesday 21st July 2015
Huge Demand Prompts Extra US Shows

After the huge demand for Friday's release of tickets to David's North American shows, four extra shows have been added.

Tickets go on sale next Monday, 27th July, for Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl on 25th March 2016, Toronto, Air Canada Centre, on 1st April 2016, Chicago, United Center, 4th April 2016, and New York, Madison Square Garden, on 12th April 2016.

The links below are not yet active, but please use them to order tickets on 27th July – at 10am local time in all markets.

NB Some persons seeking tickets have received the response 'We were unable to process your request. Try again later'. We are told it may mean that high demand is causing a delay in ticket processing, so we're told that fans should keep trying.

The four extra dates are:

25 March 2016 – Los Angeles – Hollywood Bowl (On sale: 10am PST)
Click here when onsale begins.

1 April 2016 – Toronto – Air Canada Centre (On sale: 10am EST)
Click here when onsale begins.

4 April 2016 – Chicago – United Center (On sale: 10am CST)
Click here when onsale begins.

12 April 2016 – New York – Madison Square Garden (On sale: 10am EST)
Click here when onsale begins.

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone.

As with the concerts announced so far, every ticket purchased online in North America will include a Rattle That Lock CD.




Tuesday 21st July 2015
Polly's Kindness in the USA Today

Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island, The Division Bell, The Endless River, and the forthcoming Rattle That Lock) will see her acclaimed novel The Kindness published in hardcover and as an e-book in the US today.

Already described as a "sumptuous, vivid and painterly work" by The New York Times, reviews in the UK included this from the Financial Times: "This is elegant, witty writing, informed throughout by generosity and wise perceptiveness. Dealing with many kinds of love, and with misunderstanding, betrayal, grief and forgiveness, the novel dares to posit, ultimately, the possibility of redemption. It is a book to cherish, to recommend, to return to – and not to lend anyone".

To see more and order The Kindness in the US click here, in the UK here, and in Australia here. See also the panel on the right for information on Polly's literary events, or click here for some recent features. To order a copy of The Kindness, signed and personally dedicated by the author (and available worldwide), click here.




Thursday 16th July 2015
The New Album 'Rattle That Lock' Released on Sept 18
North American Dates Announced for 2016


David's new album Rattle That Lock will be released worldwide on Friday, September 18, 2015 on Columbia Records. The first single, also titled 'Rattle That Lock', will be released digitally tomorrow, Friday, July 17th, 2015.

Additionally, David's 2016 North American dates have been confirmed for March and April, with stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and New York. Ticket buyers will be among the first to receive the new album, as every ticket purchased online will include a Rattle That Lock CD*.

Tickets for the North American concert dates, David's first since the On An Island tour in 2006, go on sale tomorrow, Friday, July 17th, with individual venue times listed below.

March 24, 2016 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles – on sale 12pm (PST).
Click here when onsale begins.

March 31, 2016 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto – on sale 10am (EST).
Click here when onsale begins.

April 8, 2016 – United Center, Chicago – on sale 12pm (CST).
Click here when onsale begins.

April 11, 2016 – Madison Square Garden, New York – on sale 10am (EST).
Click here when onsale begins.

Tickets will also be available at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone. See the Live Dates page for all details.

Rattle That Lock follows the 2006 #1 platinum album On An Island, and once again features novelist Polly Samson as primary lyricist, as well as Phil Manzanera, who co-produced the album with David. The striking cover was art directed by Dave Stansbie from The Creative Corporation under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell from Hipgnosis.

The tracklisting is:
1. 5 A.M. (Gilmour)
2. Rattle That Lock (Gilmour/Samson/Boumendil)
3. Faces Of Stone (Gilmour)
4. A Boat Lies Waiting (Gilmour/Samson)
5. Dancing Right In Front Of Me (Gilmour)
6. In Any Tongue (Gilmour/Samson)
7. Beauty (Gilmour)
8. The Girl In The Yellow Dress (Gilmour/Samson)
9. Today (Gilmour/Samson)
10. And Then... (Gilmour)

The title track, 'Rattle That Lock', will be heard for the first time in the UK on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Show, hosted by Sara Cox, on Friday, July 17th and will be available immediately to download and stream worldwide. The song begins with the four notes, created by Michaël Boumendil, which precede announcements at French SNCF railway stations which David recorded on his phone at Aix-en-Provence station. Polly's lyrics were inspired by Book II of John Milton's Paradise Lost, which is also featured in her recent acclaimed novel, The Kindness. The single also features The Liberty Choir, as well as singers Mica Paris and Louise Marshall.

The Rattle That Lock album will be available in a CD edition with clothbound, foil-blocked cover, including a 22-page booklet, but also on heavyweight vinyl, digital download and a deluxe box edition, which includes 4 Barn Jam films, 4 non-album audio tracks, 4 documentaries, and 2 promo clips. Available in CD+DVD or CD+Blu-ray versions, the deluxe edition also includes 2 hardback books, a double-sided poster, a postcard in a dedicated envelope and a David Gilmour plectrum.

Pre-ordering for all editions will be available around the world at various times tomorrow, July 17th.

*Terms and Conditions apply.




Tuesday 9th June 2015
Phil Manzanera's TV Tribute to David

Masters of the GuitarDavid's live bandmate and co-producer Phil Manzanera is featured in a new TV programme for Sky Arts, which transmits tonight. Entitled 'Masters Of The Guitar', it focusses on ten acclaimed guitarists talking specifically about the guitarist who inspired them the most. Airing at 7.00pm in the UK, it includes Phil talking about the significant influence that David has had on his own playing, both solo and with Roxy Music, intercut with some choice video clips from Pink Floyd and David's solo career.

As Phil says in the show: "The thing about David [is], it's not a competition about [being] the fastest gun slinger in the west, it's the notes that you don't choose to play that actually define who you are as a guitarist." For more, tune in to Sky tonight.




Sunday 7th June 2015
Polly and David Unlock Details at Literary Festival

Polly Samson and David Gilmour were special guests at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas in County Carlow, Ireland, on June 6th. In a session entitled 'Louder Than Words', they touched on lyric writing and the nature of creativity, amongst other topics.

As well as discussion on the process of writing lyrics for both On An Island and The Division Bell, Polly expanded on the collaborative nature of her writing for David and Pink Floyd, and how rewarding it has proved to be. Questions from the floor inevitably centred on the forthcoming album, and alongside praise for contributors and album co-producer Phil Manzanera, David and Polly revealed that the title will be Rattle That Lock.




Thursday 4th June 2015
Change of Venue

Just announced by the local organisers in Firenze (Florence), Italy, is the move of a number of summer concerts due to be held at Teatro Le Mulina, including David Gilmour's show on Tuesday 15th September. The concerts have been moved to the nearby Ippodromo del Visarno.

The revised venue is sited a few hundred metres from Mulina and closer to various public transport stops; tickets already purchased remain valid for the new venue.




Thursday 23rd April 2015
More tickets released for David Gilmour in Oberhausen, September 19

All David's European shows are sold out on the initial sale, but the finalising of the production design details means that a limited number of seats will now be made available for the show in Oberhausen, Germany, on September 19, 2015, via the link below.

Tickets will be in the top price bracket of 100 Euros and the third price bracket of 75 Euros.

The ticket link is here.

There will be a limit of two tickets per person/purchase. The name of the purchaser will be printed on both tickets.

Please note: tickets are not transferable, returnable or refundable. Terms and conditions apply.

Sales will be open to the public from 10.00am on Friday morning, April 24.




Thursday 12th March 2015
Polly's The Kindness Published Today

Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island, The Division Bell, and The Endless River) has seen her novel The Kindness published in hardback in the UK today. It will be available on 5th May in Australia, and in the USA on 21st July.

Early reviews have described it as a 'beautifully-written and intricately-constructed piece of writing' and a 'gorgeously chilling novel about grief and betrayal'. You can order The Kindness in the UK here, and pre-order in Australia here and in the USA here. See the panel on the right for information on Polly's literary events, or click here for some recent features, including BBC Radio 4's Front Row and spreads in You magazine, the UK Sunday Times, and The Guardian.




Friday 6th March 2015
UPDATE – New UK Shows Added: Oct 02, 03

The three UK concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall have been an instant sell-out, so two ADDITIONAL UK SHOWS have been added – on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October. Tickets available from 10.00am today, 6th March. One unfortunate side effect of the shows' popularity is that tickets are starting to appear on unofficial sites.

Please note that anyone purchasing a ticket from any unauthorised site or seller will not be granted admission. The restrictions on ticket sales, including named purchasers and photo ID required for entry, are designed to restrict ticket sales to genuine fans and not those seeking to profit from resale. Official outlets are: the Royal Albert Hall box office, seetickets.com, ticketmaster.co.uk, eventim.co.uk, and stargreen.com.




Wednesday 4th March 2015
2015 UK and European Live Dates and New Solo Album

David Gilmour Tour 2015David announced today that tickets will go on sale at 10.00am GMT on Friday 6th March for his first live dates in nine years. The UK and European shows, planned for September 2015, will coincide with the release of his, as yet untitled, fourth solo studio album, which follows the platinum and UK Number 1 album On An Island.

The shows kick off at the historic Roman amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia, on 12th September, and continue through some of the world's most beautiful cities and venues. Other places visited include Verona and Florence in Italy, Orange in France, and Oberhausen in Germany, before David undertakes three consecutive nights at London's sumptuous Royal Albert Hall on 23, 24 and 25 September. For full details, click here to go to the Live Dates area.

David's new solo album follows the worldwide success of Pink Floyd's final album The Endless River, which hit the Number 1 chart position in 21 countries around the world, and was one of the UK's Top 10 best-selling albums of 2014. Pink Floyd have also just been named by IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) as the seventh top-selling artist globally in 2014.